Another Project

This took me way too long and I probably will not do it again. However, it looks really neat.

This project took one whole magazine. I first cut the spine off then cut all of the pages in half lengthwise. Then fold that half piece in half lengthwise.


Now fold each side in half.



Repeat that step on each side.


Repeat that step again on each side. So now the paper has been folded in half and each side was folded tree times.

 I then just rolled the folded strips into circles, glued the circles together, and outlined the cross with more strips.


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  1. That looks really cool! What kind of glue did you use?

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  2. Your cross is spreading like wildfire on Pinterest, BTW.

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    1. I plan to make this as a birthday gift for someone that collects and displays her crosses in her living room. thanks for the idea!

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  3. I pinned this last night and just came to see the original. Love this idea! Katie Lloyd and I would love to have you link up to our Project Pinterest on Thursdays.

    http://randomthoughtsfromamomsperspective.blogspot.com/

    I'm your newest follower!

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  4. @Split3ways I just used regular 97¢ Elmer's glue. Almost all of my projects are done for no more than a dollar or two.

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  5. @SarahinSC Thank you so much for following! I would love to be a part of Project Pinterest. I am recreating daily. I might as well share them with people.

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  6. @Savy thanks so much. We are gonna give it a go!

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  7. This would be a great project to do with teen girls using all those magazines that "lie"to us ladies about what we are supposed to look like...Use the title "cast your burdens on HIM!" :)

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    1. Thanks for a brilliant idea. I'm going to do this with 6-8th grade girls for VBS in a few weeks. We are studying Daniel and how he went against the culture and fearlessly served and honored God. I'm excited to link this project to how we don't need to follow the culture that tries to consume us. Magazines push culture on our kids. Love how I can use them to create this project.

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    2. Great idea!!

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    3. Love this craft and Love the idea of using the false images that magazine thrust upon our vulnerable young girls and turn them into something that points to our Saviour. With your permission, I'd like to link this idea to my blog http://simplebiblecrafts.wordpress.com ? I'm collecting crafts which can be used by our missionary friend who ministers to young girls in Ecuador.

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    4. You absolutely have my permission to link to this post! I hope you all have fun with this project.

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  8. This is lovely - I am busy with one, and it is taking hours!! I just hope I have the tenacity to see it through! ( I'm from South-Africa)

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  9. Did you make the "frame" of the cross with mags too? I want to make my mom one for Christmas! It is beautiful!

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  10. Just started working on one of these today for a Christmas gift. Are the smallest circles just one roll or are they 2 pieces? Do you happen to know how many pieces you used on the middle biggest one? Just trying to get some perspective. :o)

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  11. im doing the same as sid and crystal....how many strips? help!!!

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  12. Riette, this project took me forever too. Luckily I am a stay-at-home wife, so I found time. Endora I saved my favorite pages to make the frame. I did three layers around the cross to make it more sturdy. Sid and Crystal and donajomccaig, I used a 13 inch tall mag. For the smallest circles in the corners, I cut a few pages into quarters instead of halves. I folded them in the same way until they were the same width as my other pieces. The middle medallion was 13 pieces and the other four large medallions were 10 pieces. I hope this answers your questions. If you have anymore let me know.

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    1. When you say u did 13 pages do you mean the full pages or the half.?!

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    2. 13 pieces and each piece is a half page.

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  13. This is such a neat project! I am going to make one as a Christmas gift. What magazine did you use to get all the pretty colors?

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  14. when you glued things, did you put the glue on strip of magazine as you rolled it? how did you connect multiple pages together in the roll?

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    1. Sorry it has taken me so long to get bake to all of you. I would glue all the way around the circle then wrap a strip of magazine over the glued spot. None of the glue is visible when your done. As far as how I connected them together, I would sandwich the new piece in between the layers of the old piece so that they only overlap by 1/2 inch. I would then tape it just to hold unlit I wrapped over it with more gueu and magazine and then I would remove the tape.

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  15. this is awesome! did you brush the glue on the whole project so that it would cover everything or just glue the tips together?

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    1. I just glued where it needed to hold together. I like to see all the layers and texture and I think if I covered it in glue that would be hidden. However it would make it stronger so it is all up to you.

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  16. BEAUTIFUL!! What is the trick to rolling the papers so pretty and tight!! It is hard to get them all in a pretty circle with and not having wrinkles! I hope mine turns out as pretty as yours did!! <3

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    1. I did not have a trick for this unfortunately. That was the hardest part for me because I wanted it to not have those wrinkles either. I tried keeping the strips the same width and length but reducing the thickness by using less paper when I started folding. This helped a little but I can only say good luck.

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  17. Hi! How did you get the outline to stay so straight. I am having some trouble getting it to do so. Thanks so much!! :)

    Michelle

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  18. Michelle, when you have folded a page into the thin little strips, you usually roll them into a spiral. For the outside, I would run a bead of glue down the middle of the strips then clothes pin all the way down, then let dry. So when you get to the point to start the outside they are very stiff. That is why I had to use rubber bands to keep the shape of the cross, because they wanted to pop back to being straight. I really hope this makes sense.

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  19. Savy,

    Hi!! I'm working on this right now!! I've got the big one, 13 pgs, and the four medium ones, 10pgs done. But how many pages were on the other ones? I'm guessing 1 pg on the six smallest ones, 7 pgs on the two at the very bottom, and 5 pgs on the eleven surrounding the bigger ones???? Is that correct??? I'm trying to make it as awesome as yours!!

    My other question is how you glued. Did you glue a line as you went on the roll? Or just the outer edge? I haven't figured that part out.

    Thanks so much!!
    Brianna

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    1. I will say that the magazine I used was a lot bigger than normal so it made everything bigger. I think it was 13 inches tall. However, for the six smallest circles, I used 1/4 of a page. I cut a page lengthwise into quarters then folded them to be the same width as the other strips. (I actually did that for the center of every circle so the would be nice and tight with no wrinkles. I could not stop the wrinkle later on though.) The two bottom ones are 5 pages each. The middle is 13. The other four are 10. The other 11 are actually not 11 at all but 5. Look closely and you will see that they are woven together like an 'S'. So there are three pages on each side of the 'S' and they share a fourth page.

      As for you other questions, I glued everything. I glued every page as I rolled. I wanted it to be very strong.

      I hope that answers your questions. I just made it up as I went so it is kind of hard to explain to others. I would love for you to email me a picture of your finished cross to sap88@ymail.com. Good Luck!

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    2. @savy can you make a video please .. Tiffany

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    3. I might one day. But my life has gotten pretty crazy lately, so it would be a long time from now if I did.

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  20. Has anyone tried hot glue? I'm getting ready to do this project, but don't like Elmers glue (too messy). Thoughts?

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  21. cschelnick, I was just going to ask the same thing. Would it go quicker with hot glue or a faster drying glue?

    I'm so going to try this! I have magazines everywhere so this is a great way to use them!!!

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  22. I would suggest a thicker craft glue - a firmer glue, but you can still make minor changes if needed before it dries. A glue gun can be stringy and doesn't allow room for errors to be fixed.

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  23. I did this project and made letters instead of a cross! My friend and I made the letters of our initials with different size spirals and they look awesome! Thanks for the great project idea!

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    1. i was looking for any comments on letters! how did you do it? i want to do my initials as well

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  24. As far as the glue question, you can use whatever you want. I just made it up as I went so there are no rules. I like the glue I used because I could make adjustments. I dont use hot glue often because it drys so fast and I always get burned. But I have just explain how I made the cross in the picture. Be creative and make adjustments as needed. I would love if some of you would send me pics of you projects.

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  25. This is a wonderful idea ! I am not very creative, but, I think even I could do this. I am sure going to give it a try !!! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. How do you make the spirals so perfect?? Any tips??

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    1. Sorry, but no. I just took my time. I am a bit of a perfectionist so if I didn't like the way it looked I tried again.

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    2. One person site said roll it on a wooden kabob stick and after you finish to make it hard use Mod Podge

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    3. Need better step by step please! Video would be nice!

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  27. On circles, did you work from the inside out, making each circle bigger, or the outside in (start with big circle and fill it in)? Am also wondering if ModPodge would work with something like this.

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    1. It is a spiral from the inside out. And you are welcome to use whatever glue you prefer.

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  28. how did you make the spiral inside??

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    1. You just role it like a sleeping bag.

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  29. Could you tell me what magazine you used? The colors are beautiful!

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  30. I don't have a clue. I had never heard of it before. Someone had just given it to me. It was very large and it was a fashion magazine.

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  31. Is there a video of the folding? As crazy as this sounds, I don't quite get the fold each side. I know once I se it I'll realize it is a no brainer but...

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  32. That is so beautiful. Will you make me one? ;) just kidding!!

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    1. I wish I had time to make several, then I could give you one.;)

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  33. It's so very pretty. put on some good music and roll away. Might have to try a small one after I digest the directions. Gosh I hate cutting up magazines.

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  34. Love this idea! I'm in the process of making a seahorse out of magazine rolls...can't wait to see the finished product!

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    1. That is so amazing!. I would love to see a picture when you are done.

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  35. Hello Ladies, I have found a great source for beautiful colors. I have used an old quilting fabric catalog. The colors are bright and beautiful. I have also found a short cut which excludes all of the folding, but gets the same result. After cutting your page in half; instead of folding find a pencil or long felt pen that will be the size you want after rolling around the pen, gluing as you roll and then smashing them, braying with the handle of your glue brush when finished. This works great and goes much faster. I have also included some wire, about 20g, to the cross to help add some stiffness and body. Just add the wire right in with your layers of paper for the cross outline. This is such a wonderful project even though it is a little tedious. The result is such a blessing. Happy days. Ami

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  36. It is great idea, thanks. I made one with kids for grandma. (Slovakia)

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  37. Loved this project, I know it has been around for a while with lots of questions on how to do it. Mine is - can you give us an approximate idea on how wide each of the different size circles are?? Thank you.

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  38. This design is amazing will it work with other shapes aswell
    plz reply...

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    1. By other shapes you mean, other than the cross, then yes. People have done letters, seahorses, etc. But your main shape still needs to be filled with circles. I hope that answered your question.

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  39. I stopped by your page for cross you made,then you caught my eye on the great home improvements... at that time my heart stirred so just kept reading... I am married to my loving for 17 yrs. last month and your saying on him bringing you the flowers was our whole first year...Now 17yrs. 4 teen boys, flowers don't come that often but my heart still blossoms each day he comes home from work. We live outside of Houston,Tx. wish we could be somewhere cooler, but hubby is a Chemical Engineer and works plenty here.. I sew & do crafts but I don't blog yet. Anyway it was a JOY to meet and read about your sweet young life today. Oh we are New Christians my home is full of crosses and I will be making one like yours soon if I find time.. Thanks So Much for Sharing Your Life With US !!!!! We are VERY BLESSED to have 2 men that spoil us good!!! Thanks again Linda Lee

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  40. What a lovely idea. I have seen place mats and coasters made like that, but your cross is totally beautiful! Thank you!

    We have similar ideas. Check out my blog when you get a chance. I just started a few weeks ago.
    http://www.decorlola.blogger.com

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  41. I tried this and it didn't work for me. :( great idea!! your cross is so pretty.

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  42. Can you give approximate dimensions of your project? I am thinking of building the frame first and then building the rolls to fit.

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  43. Love it! You could also buy a cardboard at a craft store for cheap and then glue on the rolled up magazine

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  44. Are the #s you said pages or strips? 13 pages would be 26 strips. Just making sure I understand. I am making my second one today. I made my first one using my judgement on the sizes.

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  45. I saw a picture frame in a store at the mall like this just yesterday! Going for $25!! WOW! Glad this is here to learn how to make!!

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  46. Does this topic has to do with your profes—čional sphere or perhaps is it more about your leisure and free time?

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  47. Is it possible for you provide a link to the full steps to create this cross. I LOVE it and think it would make a wonderful birthday for my sister. But I seem to be having troubles. My paper rips when I try to make a circle. And it seems to thick. Any suggestions?

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  48. Love, love, LOVE this! Can I ask which magazine you used (I know you said it a 'larger than usual one' but which one? I know magazines like O & Real Simple are oversize and thicker, glossier paper while magazines like Better Homes & Gardens have smaller, thinner pages. Which do you think would work better? Thanks!

    Cathy

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    1. I don't remember what the magazine was. I found it in the recycle bin. I think it was 13 inches tall, not very thick, and the pages were thin as well.

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  49. did you do all the circles first then the exterior or the exterior then glued the circles in place

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    1. I started with the big circles then formed a border and lastly filled all the bigger gaps with more tiny circles.

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